Irma Gigli Distinguished Professor;
Chairman, Department of Dermatology;
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Richard Gallo is a world-famous American physician-scientist whose research contributions have brought greater understanding of human immunology and skin diseases. He was trained in Dermatology at Harvard and is now Chairman of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. His groundbreaking research discovered the existence of antimicrobial peptides in mammalian skin and has revolutionized understanding the function of the skin microbiome in human health. These research breakthroughs have greatly advanced understanding of several human diseases including atopic dermatitis, rosacea and more recently, acne. He has received major awards from the Society of Investigative Dermatology, the Japanese Society of Investigative Dermatology, the European Societies of Investigative Dermatology as well as several other scientific organizations outside of the field of Dermatology. He has been elected as a fellow of multiple prestigious societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Microbiology, the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the American Dermatology Association. Dr. Gallo is one of the highest cited active investigators in Medicine, with over 30,000 citations of more than 350 publications in the many of the most prestigious journals including: Nature, Science, New England J. of Medicine, Immunity, Cell Host and Microbe and others.